Your Rehabilitation Team
At Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, we provide our patients with 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care and daily physician management. Our staff works as a team with our patients and their family members to create individualized treatment plans so our patients can progress at their own ability levels.
Our medical team is led by a full-time medical director and includes specially trained physicians, nurses, case managers, and occupational, speech and physical therapists – among other medical professionals. Members of our staff have voluntarily earned—and continue to maintain—advanced certifications within the rehabilitation field. This provides them with in-depth knowledge and proficiency to provide exceptional care to our patients.
These certifications include:
- Neuro-IFRAH certifications to treat and manage adults who have suffered brain injuries or strokes.
- Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certifications that validate professional standing, experience, and knowledge in care management and treatment in rehabilitation.
- Certified Case Manager
Depending on your specific rehabilitative needs, your rehabilitative team may include:
A physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation will serve as your primary physician during your stay. The physician will lead the treatment team delivering your personalized and progressive rehabilitation program. Depending upon your specific medical needs, you may be seen by other physicians as well to maximize your recovery.
Along with other team members, your primary nurse manages your treatment and personalizes your plan of care based upon your medical needs. In addition, patient care technicians will provide consistency and continuity of your rehabilitation program between both the nursing and therapy care you receive.
Your case manager, together with your physician, ensures that your needs are met at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. In addition to providing you and your family with progress reports, the case manager coordinates your discharge needs such as outpatient treatment, home care and equipment. Your case manager also is available to discuss your insurance coverage and billing questions.
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Your physical therapist helps you to work on any problems that you may have with weakness, lack of mobility, movement, balance and stamina. Your occupational therapist will assist you with learning to carry out activities of daily living, including eating and meal preparation, personal hygiene, dressing and housekeeping.
Your speech-language pathologist assists you with any problems that may hinder your ability to read, write, speak, swallow, understand or focus. Individual, group and specialized techniques are available to help you enhance these skills.
Respiratory therapists provide specialized treatment to improve your pulmonary function.
Your dietitian ensures that your therapeutic diet provides you with the necessary nutrition to help with your course of therapy. Your dietitian also provides you and your family members with educational guidelines to follow when you return home.
Other Health Care Professionals
Other health care professionals are available to join your rehabilitation team as indicated by your health needs and goals.